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Australia and New Zealand, under media pressure, look into war crimes allegations in Afghanistan | The Washington Post

Australia and New Zealand, under media pressure, look into war crimes allegations in Afghanistan | The Washington Post

Australian and New Zealand officials are examining allegations that members of their countries’ special forces units committed crimes in Afghanistan, including possibly carrying out executions of unarmed prisoners.

A senior Australian judge and a former New Zealand prime minister are conducting inquiries into separate but remarkably similar incidents during the war, which will soon enter its 18th year.

Australian media outlets, citing anonymous complaints by serving and retired soldiers, have reported that members of Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) may have killed prisoners while hunting for a soldier from the Afghan National Army who deserted after killing three Australian soldiers on a military base in southern Afghanistan in 2012.

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